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There are 108 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Nov 25, 2011, titled Harrisonburg Officer Euthanizes Cat with Baton - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and .... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

The Harrisonburg Police Department is reviewing its policy for handling animal complaints after an officer euthanized an injured cat by beating it with his baton.

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Ginny Smith

Omaha, NE

#84 Jan 12, 2012
How stupid can one person, especially an officer of the law, be for heavens sake.
Tina

Perryopolis, PA

#85 Jan 12, 2012
Seems to me that the police officer chose option number 1 first...let the cat suffer some more pain before euthanizing it. Police officers are supposed to have compassion and I just don't see it in this story.
History Lesson

Charlottesville, VA

#86 Jan 12, 2012
Sara Ca wrote:
At least this "officer" was found GUILTY of animal cruelty, as he SHOULD have been! He beat a small helpless animal to death, by striking 15-20 baton blows to its head!!!
He was just charged this morning, he has NOT gone to trial yet.
Peckerhead

Eagle Rock, VA

#87 Jan 12, 2012
Here we go with the Bla, Bla, Bla crap all the talk in the world will never work, I grew up on a farm where we had to KILL cats and dogs all the time, when they were of no use, crippled or old. All the cop had to do is pick the cat up by the head and whip it around a coulple of times and break it's neck, Life over, Just remember it's just an animal not one of your children. That's the problem with society today, people treat their animals better than their children.
zzzxxx

Charlottesville, VA

#88 Jan 12, 2012
Peckerhead wrote:
Here we go with the Bla, Bla, Bla crap all the talk in the world will never work, I grew up on a farm where we had to KILL cats and dogs all the time, when they were of no use, crippled or old. All the cop had to do is pick the cat up by the head and whip it around a coulple of times and break it's neck, Life over, Just remember it's just an animal not one of your children. That's the problem with society today, people treat their animals better than their children.
your sig is apropos
Guy Fawkes

Charlottesville, VA

#89 Jan 12, 2012
Peckerhead wrote:
Here we go with the Bla, Bla, Bla crap all the talk in the world will never work, I grew up on a farm where we had to KILL cats and dogs all the time, when they were of no use, crippled or old. All the cop had to do is pick the cat up by the head and whip it around a coulple of times and break it's neck, Life over, Just remember it's just an animal not one of your children. That's the problem with society today, people treat their animals better than their children.
When you become old and useless we'll just pick you up and swing you around till your neck snaps. End of a useless dumnbass life.
Cat Owner

Bowie, MD

#90 Jan 12, 2012
I grew up on a farm and ALSO wear a Badge!
Harrisonburg streets are not roads in the cornfields.
The Officer is wearing a uniform. Not a pair of coveralls. He handled the situation poorly to say the least. He should be disciplined.
owner of multiple cats

United States

#91 Jan 12, 2012
what is worse; taking the severly injured cat to the vet most likely causing significant pain in moving the cat or knocking the cat unconcience as the officer was more than likely intending to do. I am sure he did not regularly practice proper humane blows to cats as part of his training therefor mosrt likely did the best he knew how. Also I am sure he really did not take pleasure in the event and was hoping for a quick painless death to the poor animal. Unfortunately The cat did not appear to die instantly but it also suffered only a short while if it was not unconcience.

At most he used poor judgement in the eyes of some for not taking it to a vet. At best he used good judgement for not shooting it and risking others from the discharge of his fire arm.

You all are fortunate hypocrits that you can sit back and judge this individual with out having been in their shoes.
Alison

Palmyra, VA

#92 Jan 12, 2012
mike wrote:
<quoted text>mu point exatcly my point to many idiots on the web
Not to resurrect an old thread, but how many idiots is "to many" "exatcly"?
Susan Shaddock

Valencia, CA

#93 Jan 12, 2012
God, please do not send that officer if I ever am injured. Seriously, what a totally idiotic thing to do, not to mention heartless. And even shooting the poor cat would have been a poor option. Aren't there vets in this town?
zZz

Charlottesville, VA

#94 Jan 13, 2012
Peckerhead wrote:
Here we go with the Bla, Bla, Bla crap all the talk in the world will never work, I grew up on a farm where we had to KILL cats and dogs all the time, when they were of no use, crippled or old. All the cop had to do is pick the cat up by the head and whip it around a coulple of times and break it's neck, Life over, Just remember it's just an animal not one of your children. That's the problem with society today, people treat their animals better than their children.
"no use, crippled or old" .. wait ...you're onto something here ....have you proposed this to the Repubs as the core element of a new health care bill? "Peckerhead Care" -- brilliant ! Guaranteed Repub Prez in the white house if they campaign on this.
Wonder who will get the contract for all the whip-it-around machines ?
Tamara

Fargo, ND

#95 Jan 13, 2012
Euthanasia means "the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy". That is taken from the dictionary. I would think a news organization should know the difference between brutal killing and euthanasia. Please correct this...I think an apology is in order to people...this is absurd you'd say this freak euthanized the cat. He beat the cat to death. That is not quick, nor painless. Therefore your choice of words is a lie. You don't want to be fox news do you?
Colt 45

Charlottesville, VA

#96 Jan 13, 2012
Tamara wrote:
Euthanasia means "the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy". That is taken from the dictionary. I would think a news organization should know the difference between brutal killing and euthanasia. Please correct this...I think an apology is in order to people...this is absurd you'd say this freak euthanized the cat. He beat the cat to death. That is not quick, nor painless. Therefore your choice of words is a lie. You don't want to be fox news do you?
Ok,think about this tonight when you sit down and and eat that juicy steak,that steer more than likely had his skull bashed in with a claw hammer.Yeah maybe he should have done this or that but someone would still be complaining.There are hundred's of cat's roaming around that no one cares about and if this had not been a law officer would not even made the news.
Oh Puhleeze

Charlottesville, VA

#97 Jan 13, 2012
The Obvious Solution wrote:
Do you really have to be that brain damaged to be a liberal? I guess it would be much more humane to keep this cat in dying agony for another hour or so to take it to a vet to be humanely put down? Next thing you know these liberal idiots will demand the cat spend yet another hour in agony so they can have a soothing ceremony singing kumbya and waving crystals around!
Great job officer! Now can you please club some of these idiot liberals and put them out of our misery?
Hate much?
diane anderson

Cincinnati, OH

#98 Jan 13, 2012
Give me a "baton" , put the officer and myself in a room and i'll see you guys in 5 minutes.........maybe less, don't bother calling 911, i'll do it..........tomorrow.........s ometime .
Colt 45

Charlottesville, VA

#99 Jan 13, 2012

Just to put this in a different light,There are 98 post's regarding this cat.
There are 12 post's about the 82 year old man that was missing in Fredericksburg,I guess This show's which is more important.
Oh Puhleeze

Charlottesville, VA

#100 Jan 13, 2012
aggie wrote:
Head club is indeed humane and quick. A much better way to put down a pet than shooting it
But does a cat really require 15-20 blows with a baton to be "put down"? Or was this cat actually a tiger?
History Lesson

Charlottesville, VA

#101 Jan 13, 2012
Colt 45 wrote:
Just to put this in a different light,There are 98 post's regarding this cat.
There are 12 post's about the 82 year old man that was missing in Fredericksburg,I guess This show's which is more important.
You're comparing apples to oranges. There was no evidence that the man was in immediate danger of being beat to death by a cop with a baton. And there was no story that he had been beat to death by a cop with a baton.

If you know anything about psychiatry, you would know that animal cruelty is a prescursor to much worse violent acts. I hope this is not the case with this cop.

Sheriff Terry Hawkins once caught a kid in the woods setting a kitten on fire with lighter fluid after he had hung the kitten from a tree live. I wonder if this kid went on to become a cop somewhere.
Colt 45

Warrenton, VA

#102 Jan 14, 2012
History Lesson wrote:
<quoted text>
You're comparing apples to oranges. There was no evidence that the man was in immediate danger of being beat to death by a cop with a baton. And there was no story that he had been beat to death by a cop with a baton.
If you know anything about psychiatry, you would know that animal cruelty is a prescursor to much worse violent acts. I hope this is not the case with this cop.
Sheriff Terry Hawkins once caught a kid in the woods setting a kitten on fire with lighter fluid after he had hung the kitten from a tree live. I wonder if this kid went on to become a cop somewhere.

No i am not comparing apples and oranges,I'am comparing a human being to a stray cat nobody wanted to begin with.You say he was in no immediate danger but if you go back and read the aricle it said he has dementia,and had a heart condition.Also that his meds had been left behind.
I won't comment about the psychiatry bit,That's between you and your doctor.Maybe the kid Sheriff Hawkins caught is the one working in Harrisonburg.
The only thing this officer did wrong was allowing someone else to be around when he did the deed.Now with that being said,If anyone want's a cat there are plenty of them in my area,feel free to take as many as you want.
Liberalace

Charlottesville, VA

#103 Jan 14, 2012
The Obvious Solution wrote:
Of course he had to hit it over and over. Those things have nine lives, so you have to make sure you take care of each and every one of them!
You really think it would have been more humane to let the cat suffer for an additional hour or two to take it to a vet to put down painlessly?
Maybe Longo's team will take a hint from this fine officer the next time they need to remove Occupiers from a city park.
R.I.P.: Joe Flynn

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